Buccy’s Free Agency Loot:
3 Potential Cap Cuts per Team
Arizona Cardinals – Cap Space – $35,468,965
1. Daryl Washington (Age 30, Linebacker, Saving – $4,670,000)
2. Drew Stanton (Age 32, Quarterback, Saving – $2,000,000)
3. Tyvon Branch (Age 30, Safety, Saving – $3,670,500)
Washington was suspended for 4 games in 2013 for substance abuse, and then again in 2014 for the entire season for substance abuse and has not played a game since and though he had a great season in 2012 and was given a large contract there is really no reason for the Cards to keep him under contract. Stanton has been a good career backup but with Palmer getting older he is not the answer for his replacement, and the Cards maybe looking for a quarterback in this years draft to eventually replace Palmer and Stanton. Branch was signed to a two year contract in 2016 and played in 6 games with 26 tackles before being placed on IR, and then returning in December but being placed on IR again.
Cap Space after cuts – $44,896,465.
Atlanta Falcons – Cap Space – $32,966,300
1. Andy Levitre (Age 31, Guard, Saving – $3,875,000)
2. Tyson Jackson (Age 31, Defensive End, Saving – $2,650,000)
3. Adrian Clayborn (Age 30 , Defensive End, Saving – $4,250,000)
Levitre may seem like a surprise cut being that he has started every game in his career, but when the season starts he will be 31 years old and maybe cut because of his age and price. Jackson who will also be 31 and played in every game as a rotational DE might be too expensive to keep on the team. It might seem odd to cut two players of relatively the same age who played the same position, but with Clayborn it might come down to his ability to play through an entire season. He has only played in 3 full season in his entire career and in two seasons only played in one game, so that is the reason he could be a cap cut.
Cap Space after cuts – $43,741,300.
Baltimore Ravens – Cap Space – $13,859,325
1. Elvis Dumervil (Age 33, Outside Linebacker, Saving – $6,000,000)
2. Ben Watson (Age 36, Tight End, Saving – $3,000,000)
3. Kyle Arrington (Age 30, Cornerback, Saving – $2,100,000)
Dumervil is coming off of only playing 8 games as a rotational player and only accounting for 11 tackles, and having one more year left on his deal it would make perfect sense for him to be released. Watson signed a two year deal last season but during the third preseason game he was lost for the season with a ACL tear, and at 36 years old and after drafting Williams in the 1st round last a season he’s become expendable. Prior to the 2015 season Arrington signed a 3 year deal and played in 13 games but missed the entire 2016 season with an injury, and at 30 years old and primarily a backup is prime to be released. Cutting these three players would result in saving $11,100,000.
Cap Space after cuts – $24,959,325.
Buffalo Bills – Current Cap Space – $26,012,670
1. Kyle Williams (Age 33, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $6,800,000)
2. Seantrel Henderson (Age 25, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $690,000)
3. Colt Anderson (Age 31, Safety, Cap Savings – $615,000)
The Bills do not really have any older or underwhelming players that they can cut without having huge dead money issues, but Williams is one who could be cut due to his age and the his price tag of $8.3 mill next season but cutting him would result in $1.5 mill in dead money. Henderson even though he is a promising young RT tackle is a cut candidate due to his off the field issues and being suspended twice (4 games and 10 games) for failed drug tests. Cutting him will not save the team a lot of money but they just maybe tired of his failed drug tests. Anderson is a special team safety who do to his age and cost could be cut and replaced by a younger body.
Cap Space after Cuts – $34,117,670.
Carolina Panthers – Current Cap Space – $49,988,149
1. Paul Soliai (Age 33, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $2,500,000)
2. Ed Dickson (Age 29, Tight End Cap Savings – $2,050,000)
3. Michael Tolbert (Age 31, Fullback, Cap Savings – $1,500,000)
Soliai at 33 years of age and a backup defensive tackle in the last year of his deal could be cut but the team would absorb $1 million in dead money. Freeing up his money would give them more money for pending free agents like Short or Addison. Dickson is the backup to Olsen, and even though they run a lot of 2 tight end sets, had 10 catches for 134 yards and 1 touchdown all season. At 6’4” and 255 pounds he may be a good blocking tight end but teams now are looking for pass catching tight ends, and releasing him in last year of deal would only result in $666,668 dead money. Tolbert might be a shocking release being that his salary is fairly cheap ($1.85 million) for the last year of his deal but he is 31 years old and basically a short yardage runner who averaged 3.3 yards per carry on 35 carries, and catch his lowest amount of passes out of the backfield at 10. At this point the money that they would save releasing him might be worth more.
Cap Space after Cuts – $55,748,149.
Chicago Bears – Current Cap Space – $58,543,321
1. Jay Cutler (Age 33, Quarterback, Cap Savings – $14,000,000)
2. Eddie Royal (Age 31, Wide Receiver , Cap Savings – $5,000,000)
3. Zach Miller (Age 32, Tight End, Cap Savings – $1,812,500)
Cutler after having a down year with just over 1000 yards passing and 4 touchdowns to 5 interceptions and then being put on IR after 5 games, and then getting out played by Hoyer it appears that team is ready to move on. If they decided to keep him one more season his dead money would be $1 million but I think with his salary they can justify eating $2 million in dead money this year releasing him and spend his money on other free agents. Royal has not been able to stay healthy having played in 9 games each of last 2 seasons, and with a healthy White and Meredith it would make more sense to keep his money and release him. Miller has also had a hard time staying healthy and has missed 7 games in his 2 season with the team averaging 41 catches, 463 yards, and 4 touchdowns per season, but missing so much time it doesn’t make his contract worth it and cutting him only results in $500,000 in dead money.
Cap Space after Cuts – $79,355,821.
Cincinnati Bengals – Current Cap Space – $43,099,345
1. Adam Jones (Age 33, Crnerback, Cap Savings – $6,333,332)
2. Rey Maualuga (Age 30, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $3,668,750)
3. Pat Sims (Age 31, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $1,075,000)
Jones has been a great player for the Bengals playing in every game his last 5 seasons and getting rewarded by signed a 3 year deal prior to last season, but….. he has been unable to stay out of trouble getting arrested again in January 2017. I think that was the last straw and even though releasing him would result in $1.3 million in dead money with his history and at 33 years old I think the $6.3 mill in saving is worth it. Maualuga has been a great player for the team only missing 14 games since being drafted in 2009 but last season he basically played a backup rotational role to Vincent Rey who is younger and less expensive. Releasing him would result in zero dead money and would give the team almost $4 million to spend elsewhere. Sims is an expensive backup defensive tackle who did not start a single game last season but filled in for Peko and Atkins and releasing him would result in no dead money.
Cap Space after Cuts – $54,176,427.
Cleveland Browns – Current Cap Space – $105,086,997
1. Desmond Bryant (Age 31, Defensive End, Cap Saving – $3,000,000)
2. Andrew Hawkins (Age 30, Wide Receiver, Cap Saving – $1,800,000)
3. February 7th team released McCown and Green
With the team already releasing McCown and Green I decided to cut this one to 2 players since they barely have enough players to cut anymore. Bryant was resigned last off season and then proceeded to be put on IR after injuring himself while working out in the off season and missed all of 2016. At 31 years old cutting him would result in $1 million in dead money, but his age and now injury could cause the team to decide to move on. Hawkins was signed to a 4 years deal in 2014 and will be entering the last year of that deal with no dead money. He was a backup receiver who played all 16 games but only started 5 and with Coleman and Pryor stepping up as the young wide receivers of the team cutting him would save them money, and with all the cap money they have to spend could try to go big into free agency.
Cap Space after Cuts – $109,886,997.
Dallas Cowboys – Current Cap Space – -$14,803,332
1. Doug Free (Age 33, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $5,000,000)
2. Alfred Morris (Age 29, Running Back, Cap Savings – $1,637,500)
3. Tony Romo (Age 36, Quarterback, Cap Savings – $5,100,000)
Having one of the top offensive lines in the league last year but one player had his struggles in run blocking and that is Free who also gave up 8 sacks. At 33 years old and struggling cutting him would fix a large part of their cap nightmare but would also result in $2.5 million in dead money. Morris being cut is a no brainer with Elliot in place and the fact that he only had 69 carries averaging 3.5 yards a carry with the one of the top offensive lines in the league. Cutting him will result in $500,000 in dead money which is minor. Romo will have to be cut or traded with Prescott emerging because you cannot pay a backup his salary of $24.7 million next season, but due to his large amount of dead money ($19.6 million) there will not be much of a saving but the team has to do all that it can to try to get under the cap. These cuts do not get them under the cap so there will most likely be some restructuring of contracts and most likely some other cuts.
Cap Space after Cuts – -$3,215,822.
Denver Broncos – Current Cap Space – $32,201,140
1. Donald Stephenson (Age 28, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $3,000,000)
2. Virgil Green (Age 28, Tight End, Cap Savings – $2,800,000)
3. Bernard Pierce (Age 26, Running Back, Cap Savings – $615,000)
Stephenson started at right tackle for the team for 12 games but he was one of the lowest overall graded linemen and was even benched for his backup for a few games during last season. Being clearly the weak link of the offensive line releasing him would save them quite a bit of money but would result in $2 million in dead money. Green was a very ineffective tight end and only played in 11 games with 22 catches 237 yards and 1 touchdown, and may not be worth keeping for the money that they are paying him. Cutting him would only result in $500,000 in dead money and would free up money to use on a more effective tight end. Pierce is a very expensive future player who has had success before but has jumped around to a few teams and has not played the last 2 seasons due to injuries, so cutting him would save them minimal amount of money but the team is so young that they have plenty of younger players.
Cap Space after Cuts – $38,616,141.
Detroit Lions – Current Cap Space – $37,881,088
1. Haloti Ngata (Age 33, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $5,703,125)
2. Don Carey (Age 29, Safety, Cap Savings – $975,000)
3. Mike James (Age 25, Running Back, Cap Savings – $615,000)
Ngata has missed 2-3 games a season since arriving on team before the 2015 season and his stats were down considerably this season with 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 3 passes defensed. His age at 33, his low production, his large contract of $7.7 million this season, and his low dead number of $2 million could make him expendable. Carey has basically been a backup during his time with the team and his age and higher salary could make the team consider cutting him, and with only $187,500 in dead money it would make sense. James was signed to the team on a futures contract but with the return of Abdullah from injury he may not be needed anymore, and his contract has zero dead money in it so the team could cut him and use his money for other free agents.
Cap Space after Cuts – $45,127,213.
Green Bay Packers – Current Cap Space – $43,568,612
1. Letroy Guion (Age 29, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $3,283,332)
2. Demetri Goodson (Age 27, Cornerback, Cap Savings – $690,000)
3. Sam Shields and James Starks already released 2/8/17
Guion has only missed 4 games since joining the team but throughout his career has only averaged 25 tackles, and 0 sacks in his career, but with his age, his large contract ($3.6 million), his production as a starter, and his relatively low dead money ($333,000) the team may look to move on and use his money elsewhere. Goodson was drafted for depth at cornerback and last season was suspended 4 games for PED use and then was injured and placed on injured reserve, and has been unable to crack the starting lineup. His salary and low dead money of $25,000 could make him a cut candidate which could be used for a younger more dependable player. Shields suffered a concussion in week 1 and missed the entire season and releasing him saved the team $6 million. Starks played in only 9 games this season with 63 carries and 145 yards and with Montgomery staying as a RB, and at 30 years of age he was expendable.
Cap Space after Cuts – $47,541,944.
Houston Texans – Current Cap Space – $21,526,338
1. Johnathan Joseph (Age 32, Cornerback, Cap Savings – $6,906,250)
2. Chris Clark (Age 31, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $2,750,000)
3. Brandon Weeden (Age 33, Quarterback, Cap Savings – $1,625,000)
Joseph has been a good corner his 11 year career but last year he started to show his age missing 3 games and having lowest numbers of career with 45 tackles, 9 passes defensed, and 0 interceptions. At age 32, with a $6.9 million contract, no dead money, and having to pay Bouye who played great for him his career with the team is likely over. Clark played for Newton while he was injured but struggled and was ranked as the worst pass protecting right tackle, allowing 67 QB pressures and being flagged 13 times. When Newton is healthy he is the starter so with his contract and only $500,000 in dead money it makes sense that he will be cut. Weeden has played in 11 games the last 3 season (0 in 2016) mainly coming in during garbage time, and has been moved to 3rd string after Savage came in and played well, so with no dead money cutting him is obvious.
Cap Space after Cuts – $32,807,638.
Indianapolis Colts – Current Cap Space – $60,915,819
1. Arthur Jones (Age 30, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $5,150,000)
2. Joe Reitz (Age 31, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $2,406,250)
3. Pat McAfee (P, Retired 2/2/17, Cap Savings – $2,750,000)
Jones has struggled stay healthy in his 2 season with the team missing 13 games due to injury and 4 due to PED suspension, and has averaged 26.5 tackles a season and also 1.5 sacks in 2 season. His age, production, ability to stay healthy, and PED suspension could be the last stray although cutting him would result in $2.2 million in dead money but savings might make it worth it. Reitz has been a swing offensive lineman basically his whole career but with his age of 31, his salary of $2.4 million, and having no dead money he seems like a perfect cut candidate. McAfee unexpectedly retired on February 2nd at 29 years old which saved the team some money and only cost them $400,000 in dead money.
Cap Space after Cuts – $68,472,069.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Current Cap Space – $62,192,963
1. Jared Odrick (Age 29, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $8,500,000)
2. Dan Skuta (Age 30, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $4,100,000)
3. Marcedes Lewis (Age 32, Tight End, Cap Savings – $3,250,000)
Odrick missed 10 games last season and with the play of rookie Ngakoue last season could be expendable due to his age, his high cap number, and the fact that he has no dead money he could be released to use his money on other positions of need. Skuta played in 13 games last season but only started in 2 of them and dealt with back issues all season and only managed 18 tackles on the season. His high pay, his age, his production, and that fact that he has no dead money make perfect sense to cut and save his money and use it on other positions. Lewis has been a good tight end for the team starting in every game but 1 since 2007 but missing 21 games during that time due to injury (including 6 last season). Last season he had his highest catch total in 3 seasons with 20, but his lowest yardage total during that time with 169. His age and low production over the last 3 season may make him expendable but will cost $1 million in dead money.
Cap Space after Cuts – $78,042,963.
Kansas City Chiefs – Current Cap Space – -$3,878,853
1. Nick Foles (Age 28, Quarterback, Cap Savings – $10,750,000)
2. Jamal Charles (Age 30, Runningback, Cap Savings – $6,187,500)
3. Frank Zombo (Age 29, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $923,332)
Foles came as a free agent before the 2016 season as a backup on a 1 year deal with a 2nd year team option, and played in 3 game (starting 1) with 410 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. With the team in red for cap space a 1 year options of $10.75 mill will be too great to pick up, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with team and could be resigned to a smaller contract. Charles is one of best running backs in the league averaging over 5 yards per carry every season, but has only played 8 games (3 in 2016 averaging 3.1 yards per carry) the last 2 season after an ACL tear in 2015. His age, inability to come back from injury, and the fact that there’s no dead money makes sense for the team to release him and use money to resign pending free agents. Zombo has been a backup special teams linebacker the last few seasons although he did start 11 games this year at various LB spots due to injuries, but with Mauga coming back from injury who is a special team linebacker the team prefers. He could be cut but he does have $333,334 in dead money for the team to absorb.
Cap Space after Cuts – $13,981,979.
Los Angeles Chargers – Current Cap Space – $21,463,850
1. Stevie Johnson (Age 30, Wide Receiver, Cap Savings – $3,500,000)
2. Darryl Stuckey (Age 29, Safety, Cap Savings – $2,900,000)
3. Chris Hairston (Age 27, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $1,525,000)
Johnson since joining the team in 2015 has had trouble staying healthy missing 22 games (all of 2016) but in 10 games he played in 2015 had 45 catches, 497 yards, and 3 touchdowns. His inability to stay healthy and his age shows he’s not worth the $4.5 million contract he would get this season, but cutting him would result in $1 million in dead money. Stuckey played in all but 8 games since 2011 but has never cracked the starting lineup and paying a backup/special teamer a salary of $2.9 million at age 29 might be a little rich for the team and his dead money is minimal at $433,750. Hairston filled in the last 2 seasons as a swing tackle starting 16 games but the team may be looking for a younger backup tackle who could take over as starter for team, and his dead money is only $275,000.
Cap Space after Cuts – $29,388,850.
Los Angeles Rams – Current Cap Space – $35,730,625
1. Eugene Sims (Age 30, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $2,500,000)
2. Cody Davis (Age 27, Safety, Cap Savings – $1,611,111)
3. David Arkin (Age 29, Guard, Cap Savings – $775,000)
Sims has been a backup/rotational defensive end for his entire 7 years in the league although due to injuries has actually started 17 games the last 2 seasons averaging 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Being that he is 30 years old and mainly a backup could make that team cut him and use his money for younger player, but he would have $750,000 in dead money. Davis has been a backup/special team player entire career averaging 9 tackles a season, and even though he might be great special teams player the team may look for a cheaper replacement to be a special teamer. Arkin came to the team last season from another teams practice squad to help out at guard due to injuries, and only appeared in 3 games in 5 year career. Since his 3 game active roster requirement is over he will most likely be cut and his money used elsewhere.
Cap Space after Cuts – $40,616,736.
Miami Dolphins – Current Cap Space – $29,379,383
1. Mario Williams (Age 32, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $8,500,000)
2. Brendan Albert (Age 32, Left Tackle, Cap Savings – $7,200,000)
3. Dion Jordan (Age 26, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $3,225,313)
Williams came to the team in free agency prior to the 2016 season and was an absolute shell of his former self playing in only 13 games, starting only 5, being a healthy scratch for the last 3 games of season, and only getting 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Clearly his career is over and team has no choice but to cut him and save the $8.5 million he would get for other free agents, but his deal does include $2 million in dead money. Albert has had a hard time staying healthy during his time on team, and his play has steadily declined in the games that he did play this season . With Tunsil drafted last season cutting Albert’s contract make sense as Tunsil could step in and potentially play left tackle, but does have $3.4 million in dead money. Jordan is a sad case he has been suspended for a season and a half due to substance abuse and just can’t see to get life together. Basically being a 1st round pick he has a 5th year option on his rookie deal and I do not expect the team to pick it up.
Cap Space after Cuts – $48,304,696.
Minnesota Vikings – Current Cap Space – $21,758,209
1. Adrian Peterson (Age 31, Running Back, Cap Savings – $18,000,000)
2. Brian Robison (Age 33, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $5,600,000)
3. Tom Johnson (Age 32, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $2,350,000)
Peterson lead the league in rushing in 2015 but last season he managed to only play in 3 games due to an MCL injury and was only averaging 1.9 yards a carry (37 carries, 72 yards, no touchdowns). The team will most likely ask him to restructure his contract and if he does not he will be cut because $18 million is too much for his age and his production and no team will trade for that price. Robison has been a good DE for the team playing in all but 1 game since 2010, and averaging 34 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles per season. Due to his age and the play of much younger and cheaper Hunter his $5.6 million salary will likely get him cut, but he does have $1 million in dead money. Johnson has been a rotational/backup defensive tackle playing in all but 3 games in the last 3 seasons, but much like Robison his age, play of younger players who are cheaper and that he has no dead money and his larger salary will get him cut. On 2/10/17 the team cut Fusco and Harris 2 expensive but struggling Offensive linemen.
Cap Space after Cuts – $47,708,209.
New England Patriots – Current Cap Space – $62,946,093
1. Danny Amendola (Age 31, Wide Receiver, Cap Savings – $6,375,000)
2. Rob Nikovich (Age 33, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $1,500,000)
3. Dion Lewis (Age 26, Running back, Cap Savings – $1,287,500)
Amendola has never been a starter and has dealt with injuries that cause him to miss 2-4 games almost every season. With the play of Hogan and Mitchell he has been pushed down the depth chart, with only catching 23 catches for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns he’s clearly the 4th weapon on the team. Due to his age, $8 million salary this season, and the play of younger talent he’s expendable but has $1.4 million in dead money. Nikovich prior to 2016 started every game for the team since 2011, but was suspended 4 games for testing positive for banned substance and played rotational role. While getting 32 tackles and 4 sacks which was down from previous season, and with his age, minimal dead money of $750,000 his cut is likely. Lewis played in only 7 games each of last 2 seasons due to injuries and with the emergence of White and his small amount of dead money ($200,000) the team may look to move on with White and use his money elsewhere.
Cap Space after Cuts – $72,108,593.
New Orleans Saints – Current Cap Space – $25,451,482
1. Dannell Ellerbe (Age 31, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $3,200,000)
2. Luke McCown (Age 35, Quarterback, Cap Savings – $1,500,000)
3. Michael Hoomanawanui (Age 28, Tight End, Cap Savings – $1,266,666)
Ellerbe came to the team via trade and has only played in 15 games the last 2 seasons due to injuries, but when he does play he averages 42 tackles and also had 4 sacks last season. Prior to the 2016 season he was signed to 1 year deal with team option, and with the limited amount he played, his age, and that his salary is $3.2 million with no dead money the team will likely cut him. McCown has been a good backup for Brees but did not play a single snap last season, and at age 35 and with only $250,000 in dead money the team may look for a younger backup. Hoomananwanui has been playing as the 3rd tight end and did not play a single snap in 2016 due to being on IR, and with being the 3rd tight end and missing all of the 2016 season the team may look to cut him but he does have $666,667 in dead money.
Cap Space after Cuts – $31,418,148.
New York Giants – Current Cap Space – $34,125,039
1. Shane Vereen (Age 27, Running Back, Cap Savings – $3,750,001)
2. JT Thomas (Age 28, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $3,000,000)
3. February 13th the team cut Cruz and Jennings
Vereen was signed prior to the 2015 season to be part of a running back by committee starting in only 1 game the last 2 seasons and missing 11 games last season due to tricep injury. He has been a good dual running back threat with 70 catches, 588 yards, and 4 touchdowns but his high salary, limited use, and inability to stay healthy will most likely result in his cut but he does have $1,166,667 in dead money. Thomas was brought in to play LB but has been put in IR the last 2 season and that gave Casillas a chance to start all season and rack up huge stats, so his inability to stay healthy and being out played by a replacement will likely get him cut but he does have $1 million in dead money. On February 13th the team released Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings which freed up money for them to use in free agency, and those cut could affect draft strategy.
Cap Space after Cuts – $40,875,040.
New York Jets – Current Cap Space – -$12,718,462
1. Ryan Clady (Age 30, Left Tackle, Saving $10,000,000)
2. Darrel Revis (Age 31, Cornerback, Saving $9,333,333)
3. Erin Henderson (Age 30, Linebacker, Saving $2,750,000)
Clady came via trade prior to the 2016 season and played like a shell of his former Pro Bowl self when he did play and then was put on IR in November. The team signed him to a 1 year deal with a team option which will not be pickup and he will become a free agent. Revis’s play clearly slipped this season allowing a QB passer rating of 104.2 when targeted and he had a career low in passes defensed with 4 and interceptions with 1, but he did have his highest tackle total in 7 seasons with 53. He will likely be cut after a legal issue this off season but he does have $6 mill in dead money. Henderson came in to compete for a starting job then the team drafted Lee last season and he was relegated to backup and failed to play at all this season after being put on NFI list in October, so cutting him only makes sense plus he has no dead money.
Cap Space after Cuts – $9,364,871.
Oakland Raiders – Current Cap Space – $47,085,414
1. Dan Williams (Age 29, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $4,500,000)
2. Lee Smith (Age 29, Tight End, Cap Savings – $3,000,000)
3. Aldon Smith (Age 27, Edge Rusher, Cap Savings – $2,750,000)
Williams played pretty well with 48 tackles and 1 sack in 2015 but during the 2016 season his production dropped considerably with 17 tackles and .5 sacks. He will be 30 when next season starts and his production was down so much he could be cut, and he has no dead money on contract. Smith signed as FA prior to 2015 season and was basically a 3rd TE with only 12 catches for 70 yards and 1 TD, and then missed 12 games of the 2016 due to injury and had 6 catches for 29 yards. He will be 30 when season starts and the team likes Walford means he will most likely be cut and contract has no dead money. Aldon was brought to team with a dark cloud of suspensions and legal issues over his head and was suspended all of 2016 season. Speculation was that he would be reinstated in March but is currently under suspicion of domestic violence, and that may be the last straw for the team and he will be cut.
Cap Space after Cuts – $57,335,412.
Philadelphia Eagles – Current Cap Space – $6,523,476
1. Connor Barwin (Age 30, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $7,750,000)
2. Ryan Mathews (Age 29, Running back, Cap Savings – $4,000,000)
3. Allen Barbre (Age 32, Right Tackle, Cap Savings – $1,800,000)
Barwin has played in all 16 games the last 6 seasons but his numbers took a dip this season compared to previous seasons with 34 tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble and the team is hoping that 24 year old much cheaper Smith can step in and take over spot, and releasing him only results in $600,000 in dead money. Mathews was talked about last season as being on the trade or chopping block and while playing in 13 games but only starting in 8 he did not help himself any, and had 155 attempts for 661 yards but did have 8 touchdowns. I think the team has seen enough and will end up cutting him and going in a different direction but he does have $1 million in dead money. Barbre won the starting left guard job in the off season but with Johnson getting suspended for 10 games he ended up playing some right tackle and didn’t play that well, and was eventually rotated around with other linemen. His age, production, and only $150,000 in dead money I think gets him released.
Cap Space after Cuts – $20,073,476.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Current Cap Space – $34,533,071
1. Ryan Harris (Age 31, Left Tackle, Cap Savings – $1,900,000)
2. William Gay (Age 32, Cornerback, Cap Savings – $1,366,665)
3. Darrius Heyward-Bey (Age 29, Wide Receiver, Cap Savings – $1,066,666)
Harris was basically a swing backup tackle for one the better offensive lines in the league and played in 4 games before being placed on IR, and at 31 with only $337,000 in dead money cutting him seems like an answer. Gay lost his starting job to a younger cheaper Cockrell but he did manage 58 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception in the 9 games he started, but with his age and the fact that he lost his spot to a younger cheaper player it seems likely he will be cut. Heyward-Bey was relegated to the 5th wide receiver and when Bryant returns from suspension he will probably be the 6th wide receiver. He was only able to catch 6 passes for 114 yards but did manage 2 touchdowns, but with his dead money being $226,000 and his low production it makes sense for the team to release him.
Cap Space after Cuts – $38,866,402.
San Francisco 49ers – Current Cap Space – $81,885,485
1. Colin Kaepernick (Age 29, Quarterback, Cap Savings – $14,434,246)
2. Ahmad Brooks (Age 32, Linebacker, Cap Savings – $7,800,000)
3. Zane Beadles (Age 30, Guard, Cap Savings – $2,366,665)
Kaepernick has said that he is voiding his contract and wants a fresh start but new HC Shanahan said that he might be interested in keeping Kaep at a cheaper price. Kaep played quite well at times in his 12 game season passing for 2241 yards, 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, rushing for 468 yards, 2 touchdowns. With the team having the 2nd pick in draft and some good QB options he will end up becoming a free agent but he does have $4.9 million in dead money. Brooks has only missed 5 games in the last 6 season and been a starter in every one of those games averaging 47 tackles, 7 sacks, and 4 passes defensed per season, but he is 32 years old and with such a high salary and relatively little dead money ($848,000) this season the team may look to go younger and cut him and start Carradine in his place. Beadles has started in 110 of his 112 games that he has played but his performance fell off slightly last season and the team may look to go young at guard, release him to use his money on other free agents but he does have $1.2 million in dead money this season.
Cap Space after Cuts – $106,486,396.
Seattle Seahawks – Current Cap Space – $23,363,640
1. Blair Walsh (Age 27, Kicker, Cap Savings – $1,100,000)
2. Perrish Cox (Age 30, Cornerback, Cap Savings – $855,000)
3. Ahtyba Rubin (Age 30 Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $700,000)
Walsh was just signed by the team on Feb 9th but I think that once they start working with him and practicing that they will realize that he is not over his hiccups and will decide to release him and look elsewhere for their future kicker. Cox was signed to the team late in the post season (Jan 19th) to play in the playoffs after coming off of a miserable stint with the Titans and being released in November of 2016 after starting in 9 games with 42 tackles and 3 interceptions. Rubin is the best player out of these 3 options playing in all 16 games the last 2 seasons with team averaging 37 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Being 31 when the next season starts with 3 other DT free agents the team may look to go younger at the position.
Cap Space after Cuts – $26,018,640.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Current Cap Space – $67,038,655
1. Alterraun Verner (Age 28, Cornerback, Cap Savings – $6,500,000)
2. Evan Smith (Age 30, Center, Cap Savings – $4,500,000)
3. George Johnson (Age 29, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $2,250,000)
Verner was signed prior to 2014 season as a number 1 corner back and during the 2014 season starting 14 games, but following the 2014 season his playing time has dropped starting 9 games the last 2 seasons. Playing mainly on special teams and in the slot when injuries occur, during his 3 season with the team he averaged 49 tackles, 6 passes defensed, and has 4 interceptions. With drop in play time the last 3 season and basically a special teamer his salary is too great and will be cut with no dead money. Smith was signed prior to 2014 season to be the starting center but due to injuries and poor play lost job to Hawley but Smith can play other interior positions if needed, but his salary is too great for the team to pay an older swing lineman and he has no dead money. Johnson was acquired prior to 2015 and was terrible playing in only 11 games and getting benched after 5 games, and then missed all of 2016 season with injury. His Performance is just not worth the price and he will be cut with no dead money and replaced in free agency or the draft. Martin may also be cut after a 4 game suspension saving another $5.2 mill.
Cap Space after Cuts – $80,288,655.
Tennessee Titans – Current Cap Space – $67,150,138
1. Brice McCain (Age 30, Cornerback, Cap Savings – $2,200,000)
2. Al Woods (Age 29, Defensive Tackle, Cap Savings – $2,187,500)
3. Jace Amaro (Age 24, Tight End, Cap Savings – $1,005,408)
McCain came to the team in free agency prior to the 2016 season and played relatively well with 38 tackles, 10 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions but he did give up 6 touchdowns the highest total of his career. With his age and relatively low dead money ($500,000) the team may look to get younger at corner back and cut him. Woods has played a rotational defensive tackle role the last 3 seasons and only averages 13 tackles a season, so due to his limited production and salary he may be cut for younger more productive players but he does have $1.5 million in dead money. Amaro was signed in free agency after being out of football in 2015 and played in 3 games with 3 catches and with no dead money and will be cut.
Cap Space after Cuts – $72,543,046.
Washington Redskins – Current Cap Space – $63,693,935
1. Deangelo Hall (Age 33, Safety, Cap Savings – $4,250,000)
2. Ricky Jean Francois (Age 30, Defensive End, Cap Savings – $3,000,000)
3. Will Blackmon (Age 32, Corner back, Cap Savings – $1,000,000)
Hall has been attacked by the injury bug lately playing in only 17 games the last 3 season and only averaging 26 tackles and 0 interceptions during that time, and with his age, inability to stay healthy, and that he only has $812,000 in dead money the team make look to get younger at his position and cut him. Jean Francois has played in all 16 games the last 2 seasons with the team, but has only started in 7 of them playing a more rotational defensive end. He has averaged 29 tackles, and 2 sacks during the last 2 seasons so the team may look to cut him loose and use his salary on younger free agents, but he does have $1 million in dead money. Blackmon was brought to the team to fill in for Hall when he gets injured and for depth starting 10 games the last 2 season averaging 45 tackles, 6 passes defensed, and getting 3 interceptions. With the team potentially cutting Hall there is no need for them to keep an older fill in and his dead money is basically nothing ($75,000) so he will most likely be cut and his money used on younger players.
Cap Space after Cuts – $71,943,935.
Cap numbers and salary information courtesy of Spotrac.com.